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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 27, 2007 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

A lot of younger, "newbie" Heads enter the discussion here, assumedly envious of those of us who were able to see the band in action, as well as those who were only able to see them in their final years or year when most of the energy had been depleted. Personally, I jumped on that bus about 1/3 of the way through the long, strange trip. And not unlike those who were unable to see that band of musicians who weren't the best at what they did-just the only ones who did what they did-I envy people like the ghostman that had the opportunity to commune in those services conducted by His Most Reverend.* The film clips of him are few and far betweeen (I have yet to see Festival Express, it being just one of a thousand and one things I need or want to get done in my life), and that's a shame. When I do seen any of them, my eyes open wider than Ralphie's when he realized a BB gun was actually waiting for him in the corner on Christmas morning.

I fully understand ghost of pig's personal feelings about what the band became after the loss of the man who had crowds on their feet, more than happy to wait 'til the midnight hour when he would turn on that light and leave it on. And from many reports I have read of those early years, Pigpen was the primary reason that many people came to see The Grateful Dead in those days. But speaking to those who were not able to go to any of the shows (or, again, only saw the ones when poor ol' Jerry was losing the battle aginst his demons), make no mistake about it: even though Pigpen's death created a void that could never be filled, it did not toll the death knell for the band as a whole; they had many great years ahead of them after his passing with many, many phenomenal shows left to play.

*No offense intended to our friends with strong religious convictions

This post was modified by BryanE on 2007-03-27 15:25:11

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 27, 2007 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

You know, of course, that I do not claim one period to be better than another--just different--which is actually a good thing.

Intellectually and emotionally, I saw the group that included Pig as "The Grateful Dead"--that gnarly bunch of unwashed, long haired, dope smoking heathens from the slums of San Francisco. I felt that the band was defined by that early sound--the psychedelic jamming--and the venues and the time.

So, to me that was the Dead. That doesn't mean that anything else sucked--it's just that I'm the one stuck in time. But, oh what a time it was!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 27, 2007 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

Like I said, I totally understand and wish lke hell I could have been there myself.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 27, 2007 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

I wish you could have too--you would have loved it!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 1, 2007 12:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

I'd like to throw in a few Pigpen items, beginning with a few pix that speak a thousand weirds...

Attachment: Enter now! The giant Pigpen loo
Attachment: janis_pigpen.jpg
Attachment: gd-60s-pigpen-11.jpg

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Mar 27, 2007 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

Bryan ... perfectly stated, as is your wont; and of course i was far too young to even have heard of the GD when they were in their early years, and barely so even during the mid-years of their career, but i enjoyed every show i saw, from my first in '84 to my last in '92. Uhh, well, maybe those last few shows were not as enjoyable as others, but the people i was with and the spirit that was shared, well, that never failed! Will be in touch ... A.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 27, 2007 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

ANY Grateful Dead concert was a good concert!!!

And I did hear a few clunker/trainwrecks...

:)

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 28, 2007 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching For Ron McKernon, aka Pigpen

THANK YOU CUSH!!!!! Truer words were never spoken (written).